As a shocking news, Tamil Nadu Member of Parliament from Kanyakumari and businessman H Vasanthakumar (70), who had tested positive for the coronavirus passed away on Friday (August 28th). Vasanthakumar was admitted to an Apollo Hospital in Chennai on August 10 with a coronavirus infection. He was in critical condition after contracting severe pneumonia and had been placed on ventilator support. The hospital said in a statement, "Despite all active medical measures, his condition deteriorated gradually due to COVID complications and he passed away today." 

Following the news, celebrities and political leaders shared their condolences on social media.

Mourning his demise, the Congress party said: “We are deeply saddened by the untimely demise of H Vasanthakumar. A staunch Congressman, a true leader of the people and beloved MP. He will be sorely missed by all members of the Congress party and his followers.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled his family and wrote: “Lok Sabha MP Shri H Vasanthakumar Ji’s strides in business and social service efforts were noteworthy. During my interactions with him, I always saw his passion towards Tamil Nadu’s progress. Condolences to his family and supporters.”

Former Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi remembered Kanyakumari MP H Vasanthakumar's commitment to the party ideology and expressed shock at his demise. Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "The news of Kanyakumari MP, Shri H Vasanthakumar’s untimely demise due to Covid-19 has come as a shock. His commitment to the congress ideology of serving the people will remain in our hearts forever. Heartfelt condolences to his friends and family members."



Vasanthakumar was born in Agastheeswaram in Kanyakumari district to Harikrishnan Nadar and Thangammai Ammal on April 14th, 1950. Vasanthakumar is married to Tamilselvi and the couple has two sons Vijay Vasanth, Vinothkumar and a daughter named Thangamalar. Vijay Vasanth is a well-known face in Kollywood following his roles in movies like Chennai 600028, Saroja, Nadodigal, Nanban, Chennai 600028 II, Velaikkaran and many more.